The Cow (bio)
Megiddo - site manager (bio) (meaning)
Cool links to cool places:
A christian search engine, very useful!
An online Bible with every version I've heard of and a few I haven't!
A site created by Megiddo for Christian teens!
How do you describe the indescribable? If all the seas turned ink, all the plant to writing tools, and all the sky to parchment, it would not be enough to describe God's vastness. That's the God I serve.
If you're interested in learning more about God, you can leave a message here, you could go to this site and leave a message or you can read on.
God loves you (John 3:16).
God is holy and just. He punishes all evil and expels it from his presence (Romans 1:18).
God, who created everything, made us for himself to find our purpose in fellowship with him (Colossians 1:16).
But we rebelled and turned away from God (Isaiah 53:6) The result is separation from God (Isaiah 59:2). The penalty is eternal death (Romans 6:23).
God became human in the person of Jesus Christ to restore the broken fellowship (Colossians 1:19-20). Christ lived a perfect life (1 Peter 2:22).
Christ died as a substitute for us by paying the death penalty for our rebellion (Romans 5:8). He arose (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) and is alive today to give us a new life of fellowship with God, now and forever (John 10:10).
I must repent for my rebellion (Matthew 4:17).
I must believe Christ died to provide forgiveness and a new life of fellowship with God (John 1:12)
I must receive Christ as my Savior and Lord with the intent to obey him. I do this in prayer by inviting him into my life (Revelation 3:20).
There is no cost to your salvation comes to you freely (Ephesians 2:8-9).
But it comes at a high cost to God (1 Peter 1:18-19).
Ultimately your response is a life of discipleship (Luke 9:23-24).
If you want to look up the verses to the above passages, just click on them.
Tuesday, January 13, 2004
Hello all! I am, and shall continue to be, the infamous Cow. For some reason, I've been allowed to help post on this blog, and in particular to try to represent and explain Catholicism. I've technically been a Catholic my whole life, although I didn't really understand my faith until a mere two or three years ago. Since then, I've spent loads of time discovering more about the Catholic Church, and hopefully I can cover my bases enough to give explanations of what we do, and why we do it.
First off, I want to say that the focus point of being Catholic is to worship, honor, and bring glory to God, above all else. We do NOT worship ANYTHING besides Him, especially not saints, Mary, or the Pope. The only reason we like them is because they help lead us to Christ.
Our fellow blogger, xxpinknblackxx, has already started getting into the Pope. I though that rather than try and explain everything there is to know about the Pope, it might be smarter to try and see what people want to know.
Do any of you readers, even you guys who don't look at this regularly but just found it blog-hopping, have any questions in particular about the Pope, or his position in the Church?
Posted at 12:59 am by The Cow
Monday, January 12, 2004
What is make-up? I know you're all probably laughing at me thinking that I don't know what it means, but really, what does it mean? The most likely version of make they use here is to bring to some state. Up probably means toward that which is higher, what is better. Basically, make-up means a better state.
How can we improve on what God made? We are not perfect, but we are what he wants us to be. We are his children, he loves us no matter what we look like.
Beauty is an interesting word. It is something that is relative from person to person. The person that you marry ( if she is wearing make-up ) is not that person at all. You are marrying what that person considers a better version of themselves. It should shame the husband that the wife does this to herself.
Doesn't make-up create an evil among us? Women are living behind a mask. They are lying about what they really are. They do it to be more 'attractive', but if you want someone to love you, you need someone to love you for what you are, not for what you look like.
Am I far off in this matter? Am I completely missing the point of make-up? Please leave a comment and tell me wether you agree with me. Thank you.
Posted at 05:23 pm by Megiddo
Sunday, January 11, 2004
As I promised, I'm back, talking about the Pope.
I've seen the Pope in person, I was about 25 ft away. Our current Pope, John Paul II has been a very wonderful leader. He has served since the 70's and has visited the most countries out of all the past Popes. Now, I'm not the best person to explain about the ruling of the Pope, because I don't agree with how it was carried out in the beginning. The Pope was given anything he wanted and showered in gold and tasteful, expensive things.
Side Note: This is what Martin Luther was complaining about. I don't believe he set out to change and begin a new religion... he just wanted these things changed and in that regard: why not?
The first about 23 Popes did not die of natural causes, just to let you know. The Catholic church was hated and if you visit the Vatican City, you'll see the monstrous wall surrounding it with tiny holes so that arrows can be shot out but not in. Not too good of a "Christian attitude" which they're always barking at us about at school, but whatever.
We don't worship the Pope... it's nothing like that at all. He is considered to be the most holy of holy's, as a representation of what we should be like as Christians.
The Pope lives in an apartment in the Vatican and can no longer walk. He can stand and sit, but cannot walk so he is transported on a platform. The platform does not have brakes so they stop it with wood. (Just an interesting fact, I mean, the celing of San Peitro Bascilla is gold lined but they don't install brakes! What's that all about?) Anyways, the Pope is a person thousands of people aspiure towards seeing once in their lives, and I have. Wahoo!
That was a very vague expression of what the Pope is... but my point was basically, that he's not some idol or something. Anyways... if you want more of an idea I recommend you see the movie "Luther" it's about Martin Luther and the Pope's early rule, so you'll understand my rant a little better.
By the way: Peter was the first Pope, not all Popes ruled from Rome, not all Popes are burried in San Pietro Bascilla.
Love you all!
Posted at 01:01 pm by xxpinknblackxx
So I guess an introduction is in order and all. I've been doing this blog thing for what seems to be a long time now and have started to develop my own style of writing. The type of things that I usually post on the topic of christianity (at least in my own blog) are criticisms against the "Chrisian Culture" and "Religion". It is important there for to understand what I mean when I speak of religion.
Religion is most simply put as: man's attempt to reach God. It is all the ritualism, legalism and seperatism which I think does more harm to God's work than help. For instance, what are the images that come into your head when I mention the word "church". For me I see images of blurry morning services with long winded preachers, people in dress suits and watching all the little cliques get together to talk about this weeks gossip. Now, especially if you are a believer, you may have a completely different vision of church than I do; however, most people I have spoken with (especially un-believers) hold views similar to my own. These things create an environment in which un-believers (and even believers for that matter) find themselves alienated from fellowship because they are not in "the group".
I don't mean to go much further into the topic at this time, as this is an introduction and not intended to be a target post. Needless to say it is with these types of things that I have wrestled with over the past few years. Just to warn many of you I tend to use sarcasm in my writing so keep in mind the context in which I say things. Other than that I guess I'm looking forward to making more posts on here on different subjects I have come across, or if you have particular interest in something you wish me to post about, leave a tag or a comment on this post. I must warn you however that school is starting up once again and my own blog comes first so it could be a little while before I get to it. Good luck and may this year be better than the last.
Posted at 12:53 pm by Codepainter
Friday, January 09, 2004
No blog post today... sorry. This is mainly because I never planned on making a post everyday. So you other authors get your rears in gear and start making posts! Just kidding, you're doing a good job. But Codepainter, you were the first author on my blog and you have yet to post something. Please post something soon!
Posted at 06:28 pm by Megiddo
Thursday, January 08, 2004
To my mother:
Mom! When will you see?
I long to be closer to you.
But, you see me in a night... in a fury.
Can't you see? That has past!
I am coming to the daylight, but you refuse to see it.
Here I am! I want to confess my wrongs to you!
But, you recede from me...
Come back! I need you!
But, you are deaf to me.
I don't want to do it on my own! I want you by my side, approving of it!
I try to tell you,
but you turn away.
Lord! I love you!
but I love my mother as well!
What should I do?
Will she do it the Lord?
Will she look upon herself as she really is?
When will she see the bitterness that is bottled up inside her?
Will she give up her old ways?
When will we be a team again mom?
Posted at 08:49 pm by Megiddo
I'm thinking of writing a book! The point of it would be to bring a teenager to a point that he feels outcast by everyone. His family dies, everyone turns on him, etc. Then, he finds God and the book shows the change in his life.
Anyways... I'm looking for some more ideas... some strange thing I could put in there? Some plot twist? Tell me what you think! I have included my idea for the first chapter for your reading pleasure.
What is that thing that I'm hearing? This is what I thought as I slowly fought my way to conciousness.
I looked at my alarm clock on the table by my bed. Its red digital lights told me it 8:32 AM, way to early to be up on a Saturday, but I wanted to investigate what I was hearing. I scratched my belly as I got out of my bed.
There it is again, that sound! It dawned on me that it was my sister screaming from inside the family room. I hurriedly threw some clothes on myself and ran to the living room.
My sister, Katie, was sitting on the sofa in front of our family television. I looked at the screen and saw some horror movie playing.
She must have heard me coming down the hallway, because she paused the movie and cocked her head around so she could see me. Then she said, "I'm sorry. Did I wake you up?"
"Nah, I was just going to get up anyways." I lied.
Wow! My sister is going to be nice to me today? I'm sixteen and she is thirteen, so naturally, she enjoys annoying everyone around her. One of her favorite 'annoyances' towards me was to flip her shoulder length blond hair at me and say, "Remember, you should always be kind to us girls."
Still looking at me she said, "Any plans for today, Josh?"
"I'm too sleepy to think of anything.... Why?" I asked.
She said excitedly, "I was wondering if you might drop me off at Amie's house sometime today."
Well, that explains why she was so 'nice' this morning. She probably screamed just to wake me up, too. She has been asking me to take her everywhere ever since I started driving.
"We'll see." I answered.
"Thanks Josh!" She said and promptly started watching her movie again.
I stood there for a few moments deciding wether to go back to bed or go eat breakfast. My stomache grumbled, I had come home late last night and didn't have dinner. I decided to go get some breakfast.
As I was walking down the hall, I passed a mirror that Mom had put up a while ago. I looked at myself. I was 5'8" with brown hair, blue eyes. Mom had always said that I had the best looks in the family, and many people at my school agreed said the same, but I didn't think I looked too special. I was wearing some blue shorts and a light green T-shirt. Oops, I put my shirt on backwards. I continued on my way to the kitchen while switching my shirt around.
I was looking in fridge, deciding what to eat when Mom came up behind me and put her hands on my shoulders. I turned around with a questioning look.
"Good morning Sunshine!" Mom said with a smile.
I was suprised to see her smile. She had been rarely happy ever since Dad died six months ago. Dad died in a car accident on his way home from work. A semi-truck had run the red light and plowed into his car going sixty miles an hour. He died upon impact. Mom and Dad had been together for twenty years, so Mom was out of place without him. She had always been a stay-at-home Mom, but now she had to have a job.
"Good morning mom." I replied sleepily.
"I bought another container of orange juice for you." Mom knew how much I love orange juice.
I said, "Thanks Mom! Orange juice always helps my get my day started."
"I just got done running errands so you may use the car for the rest of the day." Mom was always happy to let me use the car. She put the keys on the table and headed for her room.
Posted at 05:59 pm by Megiddo
Wednesday, January 07, 2004
I'm new and I'm helping out! First off I'm going to say one thing:
God loves everyone. He loves the people in jail. He loves the tree-huggers. He loves anyone and everyone. He loves Atheists, He loves preps, He loves posers, goths, kids, adults, senior citizens, and babies. Most importantly: God loves you.
I am a little different than Megiddo and Hatuko, for I am Catholic. I have Catholic veiws and I will express them here. If you have a problem with that, I'm sorry. I hope you can listen to everything and anything we say because God is important in everyones life. I hope He has been or will be come and continue to be an influence in your life because discovering Him can be the best thing in the world.
I'm going to give you a little back-up on the Catholic faith:
1) We have a Pope. He is not something we worship, he merely is a figure of the church that makes decisions in name of Catholicism.
2) We honor the Trinity: God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.
3) We praise Our Lady, the virgin Mary.
4) We attend Mass at least once a week. (Or are supposed to anyways)
5) We receive Communion at these Masses.
6) We have Saints that we aknowledge for doing good deeds and working miracles.
7) We enjoy having fun throughout our Masses and are a very social group
8) Our Priests cannot marry or fullfill a family life.
9) Not all Priests are sexual molesters (get that out of your heads right now!)
10) We are the richest church in the world which sometimes bothers me.
So I think in my enteries from now on I'll explain one of these things for you. Next time, get ready for the Pope!
See ya round!
Posted at 07:54 pm by xxpinknblackxx
God is with us every day and night, every hour, every minute, every second... Do we have time for God? Distractions, sure we do! But We will always have time for God! As long as we have a straight forward attitude and a good heart. We will always have time for God.
Posted at 07:29 pm by MegiddosGirl
Today I was thinking of what to write on the daily blog, when I realized I couldn't think! I had music playing in the background and it was distracting me from what I was trying to do.
I took this thought into some more consideration and I realized that there is hardly a moment in my life when I don't have something playing, something to listen to, something to do, etc. I don't know how true this of you, but I do know that the majority of population always keep themselves busy.
Where is the time to just sit down, think about our day or think about God? Does Satan have anything with all the 'noise' that is always around us? When is the last time you sat down and thought about something?
The only time I can think of that it is absolutely silent around me is when I'm asleep. But, even that might not happen for some people. My friend who has ADHD said he has problems sleeping unless he is listening to his radio at night.
With so many things to concentrate on, where is our concentration on God? When did you last make time for God in your life?
Posted at 05:08 pm by Megiddo